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Rebuilding Downtown Johnson City

June 4th, 2013 10:00 am by Staff Report

Rebuilding Downtown Johnson City


New developments, long-standing businesses and churches, restaurants, entertainment venues, special events, festivals, street-scape improvements, stormwater mitigation and dedicated community leaders are all contributing to an ongoing revitalization in downtown Johnson City.


From the "Founders Park" project to the First Friday tradition, the results are highly visible, renewing interest in the heart of the city.


Recent JohnsonCityPress.com articles on downtown revitalization:

• Photo Gallery: New park development updateWork continues at the Brush Creek area site along State of Franklin Road that will eventually become a new Johnson City park.

Name that green spaceJohnson City officials are asking citizens to help name the new public green space at the former Free Service Tire Co. site. Several community groups, including the Public Art Committee, members of the Johnson City Development Authority and city administrators have narrowed down a list of submitted names. Now, Johnson Citians are being asked to vote for their favorite three names from a list of the top 17 contenders.


Hope for downtown. Upon moving to Johnson City in 2010, I definitely was not turned on by its country culture or lack of abundance of activity in town. I’m a city girl, so the mountains took some getting used to. And downtown Johnson City itself, served, in my former mind, as a four-street construction zone with a few decent restaurants and a church or two that I might check out next Sunday.


• Four new businesses add to growing downtown Johnson City retail offeringsAs the city continues its efforts to revitalize downtown through streetscaping and flood mitigation projects and the arrival of more and more restaurant options, progress in downtown Johnson City is growing.


• Peanut's Mecca Lounge,longtime downtown Johnson City bar sets up anew along Spring StreetPeanut’s Mecca Lounge may have moved from its longtime location at the corner of East Main and Buffalo streets, but the iconic downtown Johnson City bar is still serving up ice-cold beer and good times at its new, bigger location along Spring Street.


• Johnson City’s downtown scavenger hunt going on now. May is Historic Preservation Month, and there’s a scavenger hunt starting today in downtown Johnson City rife with history.


• Festival promotes Latin art and culture. Pamela Delgado and Ivan Ramirez, who are spending two years away from their homes in Costa Rica to study mathematics at ETSU, said the 2013 Corazón Latino Festival surprised them.


• City Commission OKs U-Haul settlement. Attorneys don’t necessarily give their best performances in a courtroom.


• Room being made for more downtown Johnson City apartmentsMore residential space is coming in downtown Johnson City.


• Bank demolition may lead to new Hands On! museum building in downtown Johnson CityCity commissioners will consider a request tonight by the Public Works Department to demolish the former SunTrust building to help make way for a new Hands On! Regional Museum.


• Diversity of downtown Johnson City dining grows. In downtown Johnson City alone, there are more than 10 eateries that cater to just about every taste, including coffee shops, comfort food, Mexican cuisine, seafood and German dishes, and a new restaurant is joining the ranks.


• Downtown Johnson City pedestrians lament on dangerous section of road. Although it’s just a short distance, the stretch of West State of Franklin Road from Buffalo Street to South Roan Street is considered by many who frequent downtown Johnson City to be one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians crossing to and from Cherry Street.


• Johnson City changing downtown treesIf a tree falls on Main Street and there is nobody there to hear it, does it make a sound? Perhaps not. But in keeping with Johnson City’s current mode of improving both the function and fashion of its downtown, it may make a difference.


• City officials, residents talk downtown parking. “Who would’ve ever thought that something like parking would be so popular?”


• Downtown Johnson City makeover steadily coming into view. Zoom in a bit more on that overhead view of downtown Johnson City.


• City asking public's help in naming greenspace. The city of Johnson City is asking citizens for suggestions on what to name a new public greenspace that will be located along State of Franklin Road at the former site of Free Service Tire Co. and other facilities.


• Johnson City’s downtown revitalization efforts find higher gearMomentum. That’s a word a lot of people are throwing around when it comes to talking about the current state of downtown Johnson City.


• Will Johnson City's downtown plan bring growth?If there’s one thing downtown business owners agree on, it’s the fact that downtown Johnson City could use a shot in the arm when it comes to developing into a thriving and successful area.


• JCDA: Businesses may bring nearly 2,000 jobs to county. The Washington County Economic Development Council is busier than ever, and for an economy that’s on the upswing following the recession, that’s good news.

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